Centertonix

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Centertonix is the Cotuit Center for the Arts' a cappella group. This exciting ensemble includes a variety of ages and vocal talents, and is prepared to entertain you with jazz, show tunes, pop, and doo-wop numbers. Their beautiful sound will be sure to delight.

Under the musical direction of Steve Stein, the group began meeting in March 2107. They debuted at the Cotuit Center’s Derby Day Celebration two months later.

Today Centertonix presents a cappella harmony from a wide range of styles and eras. This is a group of talented a cappella singers whose mission is to entertain with an inspiring sound and to educate audiences about the wide variety of a cappella genres.

The group is available to share with you their love of harmony and knowledge of a cappella history. Their excitement, energy, and talent can be hired for your speakers’ series, private party, retirement community, outdoor venue, and organization’s activity.

Please contact Centertonix artist manager Idell Stein at Centertonix@gmail.com for information.

Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7-9PM. Auditions are ongoing with admittance based upon the talent of the auditionee and the specific vocal needs of the group.

Meet the Group

Rob Anderson learned to sing in church choirs in Worcester and Wilbraham. A “knee-knocking” choir solo as a 10 year old at the First Baptist Church, Worcester set off a love of singing. Fellow Centertonix member Ben Ayres and Rob sang together many years ago in that boys’ choir. Rob is a Master Gardener with the Barnstable County Extension Service and a ‘semi-retired' attorney/farmer. Rob’s business card states, “Attorney at Farm.” Rob jokes that he honed his singing talents after rugby matches at Colby College.

Ben Ayres was in the glee club of Pomfret School where the highlight each year was a performance in Hartford, with several other schools, of such works as Carmina Burana. Also at Pomfret, Ben was Benny in Guys and Dolls. Ben sang in the Dartmouth Glee Club during his college years, and with church choirs in Worcester and Pennsylvania. He was an English and journalism teacher and school librarian before retirement. He and his wife, Amanda, have two grown sons and a Newfoundland mix who loves to walk them on the beach.

Frank Callahan has enjoyed singing all his life. He has sung with many theater groups, barbershop and gospel choirs, and chorales including the Good News Gospel Choir, the Coastal Chordsmen, and the Fairfield County Chorale in Connecticut. While a Marist Brother, he even sang Gregorian chant. Frank lives in Brewster and leads group exercise classes at the Barnstable YMCA.

Nicole K. Childs is a student at Mashpee Middle-High School. Nicole participates in musical activities such as Mashcapella, Chamber Choir, and Jazz band. In the future she would like to pursue a degree in music education at Boston University. Music is a very important part of her life.

Kristina Donnellan started her musical path at a very early age, singing canons and harmonizing with her mother and brothers to pass the time during long family car rides. A strong love for singing was born, and she has since sung in numerous choruses, church choirs, duos and ensembles, both in her native country Sweden and in the US. In the late 1990’s, she had the exciting opportunity to perform on tour with the Boston Pops while singing with the William Hall Master Chorale in Southern California. More recent experience includes singing with the Cranberry Shores Chorus and the Cape Cod Conservatory Jazz Ensemble.

Treather Gassmann received her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory and then her master’s degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Treather is a diverse educator with experience directing youth theatre and teaching special and general education students. When she is not teaching she is on stage singing and/or acting. Most recently, she has taken up playing the ukulele. Treather is very excited to join Centertonix and is looking forward to learning and performing with this talented group!

Liesl Keller teaches choral music at Mashpee Middle and High School and is working toward her Master's degree in Choral Conducting. In recent years she has enjoyed performing rock music with the band "Second Nature," folk music with Lorre Wyatt, and choral music with several ensembles. This is her first experience singing in a contemporary a cappella group.

Janet Leahy grew up singing in church choirs and chamber music ensembles in high school, and received a vocal scholarship to college. Since moving to Cape Cod, she has been active in several vocal and musical theater groups, including a mid-Cape madrigal group and Eventide Arts. She's also has extensive experience teaching music to children, and singing for the elderly. Most recently, Janet appeared in Scrooge-The Musical and Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens here at the CCftA.

Liam Mahony is the volunteer director of “Half Step Down,” the a cappella ensemble of Sturgis Charter Public School East in Hyannis, a group he started with his son five years ago. Earlier in life, he studied classical piano in college, and sang in several choirs, including Boston’s Back Bay Chorale. After a long break from singing, Liam is thrilled to have the opportunity to sing a cappella with Centertonix. Liam most recently performed as an Apostle in CCFTA's production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Eve Yvonne Makilya is a Kenyan singer and instrumentalist. She plays classical and jazz piano, guitar, and violin. She has studied at the Kenyan Conservatoire of Music, Berklee College of Music, Salem State University and Cape Conservatory. She is a recording artist and music producer/ arranger. Eve has numerous original compositions available on www.evemakilya.com, iTunes and Amazon. She believes that music is about sharing and bringing people together. She joined Centertonix because Steve and Idell share the same love for music as she does.

Madeline Marasa is from Mashpee, born and raised, getting her musical start at the Quashnet School. She sang in chorus and select choirs in high school, and throughout college including "On A Different Note" an all female a cappella group. Her undergraduate degree is in Theater Arts, Music, and Vocal Performance and her Master’s is in Theater Arts both from Drew University in New Jersey. Recently she finished her Master’s in Education Applied Behavioral Analysis from Endicott College. Madeline teaches musical theater dance. In her spare time she loves to be in shows across the Cape both on and off the stage. She is so pleased to be singing with an a cappella group again!

Sarah (Martinez) O'Toole has literally been singing since before she could talk; she began singing at the age of four as speech and language therapy to combat a speech disorder. As a child, she performed in beauty pageants and sang as her talent. Despite always wanting to be part of an ensemble at school and university, it never quite fit into her schedule. Recently, Sarah has been part of the Do Re Females, Sturgis West's all girls student/teacher a cappella group, and Homeroom Harmony, an a cappella quintet with four Sturgis West Seniors. During the school year, she teaches biology at Sturgis West and in the summers, she is a naturalist for Cape Rib Tours, a high-speed, adventure whale watching boat. She is a newlywed and a new mom! She is thrilled to be part of Centertonix!!

Brynne Santos is a liberal arts major at Cape Cod Community College. She intends to pursue a music major elsewhere. Brynne plays piano and harp. Over the course of her school career, Brynne has been a part of many different singing groups including her high school concert, chamber choirs, a cappella groups, and vocal jazz ensembles. She has participated in large-scale choirs at district and statewide levels. In her spare time, Brynne writes her own lyrics and puts them to music.

Steve Stein, musical director, has nearly 50 years of a cappella group experiences, from his High School barbershop quartet, to singing with and directing the MIT Logarhythms, to singing with the Cape Cod Surftones and the quartet “Cape Cod Chord Conspiracy”. In his years of choral singing, he has sung with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the New World Chorale and Chorus Pro Musica. He has also appeared in many musical theater productions, most recently Scrooge and Pirates of Penzance at CCftA.